10 legends about the origin of the most famous alcoholic cocktails
Once people have free time, and they have a something else - the boredom. To help burn was invented booze - it removes inhibitions and makes people much more sociable. This property has led to the emergence of many wonderful tales about the alcoholic beverages that we know and love.
1. Harvey Volbenger
"Harvey Volbenger", ie, "Harvey Stenolomatel" - very funny name for a cocktail, you will agree. He is very similar to ordinary "screwdriver": it consists of vodka and orange juice, but added to them yet and yellow liqueur 'Galliano'. Most likely, a drink invented in the 1950s, world champion in "hell mixtures" Donato Antonio.
However, according to legend, in the drink completely different origins. Legend has it that there lived a man named Harvey, a great lover of drink and therefore to look into the bar to take a nip or two every evening after work. Apparently, this guy liked to add "Galliano" in its "Screwdriver" and then occasionally smashing the bar all that arm across, including the walls. After his antics drink and became known as "Harvey Volbenger".
2. Bloody Mary
"Bloody Mary" - very famous cocktail. it is often used as a "medicine" from a hangover and, as a rule, for this reason it is drunk in the morning. In "Bloody Mary" Stoney recipes, but they all include vodka, tomato juice and spices to choose from for flavor.
While most people ascribed the creation of the drink restaurateurs in the 1990s, some have come up with a bizarre story. According to this legend, the drink is associated with the Queen Mary, known by his other nickname, much more bloody, she received because of attempts to forcibly return to England to Catholicism. Some believe that the tomato juice symbolizes the blood, but no real evidence to support this theory, no.
3. Gin and tonic
Some of the most amazing legends - the truth, and this is one of them. Fought in India, British soldiers clashed with a tiny problem called malaria. At that time the British issued a tonic containing a compound called quinine, has proved extremely effective in the fight against malaria.
The only problem was that the taste of this tonic was so terrible that all the soldiers mixed with gin, to him at least you could drink.
After the war, many men continue to drink a cocktail and usual home in England - and birthplace of the famous cocktail. Unfortunately, in today's tonic enough quinine to it in direct sunlight acquired a beautiful bluish tint, but for malaria it is not enough.
"Manhattan" is similar to "Martini", only drink it those who prefer vodka whiskey. "Martini" is usually made from vodka or gin and vermouth, served as an olive, "Manhattan" consists of the same whiskey and vermouth and often served with a cocktail cherry.
Long before World War II, Winston Churchill's mother lived in the United States and the stories, conceived in New York. She loved the dessert, and a drink was invented specifically to cater to her tastes.
Although the story is quite compatible with numerous tales of the wacky antics of Churchill, unfortunately, there is no shred of truth: the historical evidence suggests that his mother lived in England when wore a future genius.
5. Irish Coffee
The history of Irish coffee, too, seems to be true. Many believe that the drink got its name because the Irish people are mostly like to drink, so pour alcohol into coffee would be for them quite naturally. That's just the Irish more often drink tea.
Long ago in Ireland canceled one flight on an airplane, and the bartender poured whiskey into coffee chilled American passengers to warm them. Those were just some of the action, and asked whether this coffee is Brazilian. The bartender said no, they say, is the Irish coffee. The drink is produced and the name on the passengers the impression that the house, in the US, they talked about all my friends drink, cocktail and soon gained immense popularity.
It should, however, be noted that in the legend there is no word about sugar and whipped cream, so that the cocktail is likely to evolve. Recipe quietly changing even today - at least now use ready-made whipped cream instead of whipped them manually.
"Mojito" - a cocktail based on rum, is very popular with boaters. It also includes mint leaves, lime juice, sugar and soda. The precise history of its origin is unknown, but we can say with certainty that the drink was the birthplace of Cuba.
All the legends, however, have something in common, namely: "Mojito" was coined to combat scurvy, which explains its popularity among sailors. Long before science has solved the problem, the sailors often suffered from the disease, and citrus fruits are one of the best medicines.
"Screwdriver" - this is the beverage that hardly needs an introduction. Make it very simple, well, you know - it is necessary to mix vodka with orange juice. However, its origins - history is quite interesting.
In fact, the stories a lot, but here are the most popular: the miners and other workers began to mix vodka and orange juice with their screwdrivers. Now see how true this legend is not possible.
Another legend has it that the "screwdriver", along with other drinks based on vodka, invented and sold to John Martin, who tried to make vodka "Smirnoff" a popular brand in the United States. According to rumors, he not only came up with the drink, but also filled the "screwdriver" cistern, and brought it to the Hollywood area, to make the drink popular.
Cocktail "Cosmopolitan" is best known because of love for him series characters in "Sex and the City." Its important place in the show secured him the title of "feminine" drink. Nevertheless, despite its reputation, it is one of the "killer" cocktails in the world: it consists of vodka, cranberry trippl sec and lime juice.
According to legend, the drink was invented by the gay community in Massachusetts in the 1970s. However, there are earlier reports of a similar recipe with a few differences - instead of vodka, gin was added earlier. The true origin of the cocktail remains a mystery.
"Zombies" - it is a drink that does not have a strict recipe. In fact, it's rum and some fruit juice. Initially, the drink invented the man known as Don Beachcomber, and the cocktail has become so popular that the recipe for a long time kept a closely guarded secret. Some bartenders Don, however, said part of the recipe, but not all, and besides his complete composition did not know anybody. This secrecy led to a huge number of beverage choices, sometimes very successful. Rumor has it that the original "Zombies" is made up of three different rums and so it is able to make you turn into a zombie by the time you have it dopote.
10. Pina Colada
"Pina Colada" is made from pineapple juice, rum and coconut. The most important is the third ingredient, coconut cream - in fact, it is they who give the drink a distinctive taste.
On the "Pina Colada" once bet businessman named Don Ramon Lopez, owner of the company that sold ready-made cream of coconut milk under the name "Coco Lopez". He did well to coconut cream into the hands of a plurality of the bartenders, and they, in turn, began to experiment with them. In the end, one of the bartenders came up with the famous cocktail.